Maryfran Johnson

Executive director of CIO programs at IDG

An award-winning journalist, technology conference moderator and editorial executive, Maryfran Johnson is Executive Director of CIO Programs for IDG. In this dual role, she spearheads the strategic direction of CIO’s extensive portfolio of national and regional events and works closely with the CIO Executive Council (CEC) in building a collaborative community of Chief Information Officers and IT executives. She also moderates CIO.com’s CIO Leadership Live video series of in-depth interviews with enterprise CIOs from some of the nation’s leading public and private companies. Along with agenda development and speaker recruitment, Maryfran also moderates the annual CIO 100 Symposium and 9 regional CIO Perspectives events and is well-known for her engaging stage presence and extensive knowledge of IT leadership issues. She brings more than 25 years of experience covering IT leadership, technology and business trends to her events, content development and coaching roles, along with an extensive (and treasured) network of CIO contacts built during previous leadership positions as Editor in Chief of IDG's CIO and Computerworld magazines. In addition to writing extensively about IT strategy and business transformation for IDG publications, Maryfran also served in 2016-2017 as an adjunct researcher for International Data Corp.’s IT Executive Programs. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University's Kiplinger Program and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida. Prior to joining IDG, she spent 10 years as a reporter at daily newspapers in Florida, Washington State and Ohio.


Vipin Gupta, CIO, Toyota Financial Services

Vipin Gupta, CIO, Toyota Financial Services

Episode 25: Join host Maryfran Johnson and her guest Vipin Gupta, CIO at Toyota Financial Services for a discussion about IT’s role in a digital strategy and much more, on CIO Leadership Live.

Sarah Naqvi, EVP/CIO, HMSHost International Inc

Episode 24: Host Maryfran Johnson and her guest Sarah Naqvi, EVP/CIO at HMSHost International Inc., discuss CIOs as business strategists, IT’s role in a digital strategy and much more, on CIO Leadership Live.

Bob Fecteau, former CIO at SAIC

Episode 23: Bob Fecteau, former CIO at SAIC, and host Maryfran Johnson discuss why you should run IT like a business, how to turn IT from the department of "no" to the department of "how," and much more.

Mike Skinner, EVP and CIO at Eurpac Service

Mike Skinner, EVP and CIO at Eurpac Service

Episode 22: Mike Skinner, EVP and CIO at Eurpac Service, joins host Maryfran Johnson to discuss cybersecurity, data science skills, AI and more on this episode of CIO Leadership Live.

Kristie Grinnell, CIO & VP IT at General Dynamics Information Technology

Kristie Grinnell, CIO & VP IT at General Dynamics Information Technology

Episode 21: Kristie Grinnell, CIO & VP Information Technology & Supply Chain at General Dynamics Information Technology, and Maryfran Johnson get together to discuss the use of AI in military missions, the importance of data...

Shannon Gath, VP, Head of Technology at AMAG Pharmaceuticals

Shannon Gath, VP, Head of Technology at AMAG Pharmaceuticals

Episode 20: Shannon Gath, Head of Technology at AMAG Pharmaceuticals, joins host Maryfran Johnson to talk about gender diversity in IT, her approach to digital transformation, and the role of technology in telemedicine.

Joseph Spagnoletti, CIO at US LBM

Joseph Spagnoletti, CIO at US LBM

Episode 19: In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Joseph Spagnoletti, CIO at US LBM, about IT innovation and digital transformation.

Elizabeth Hackenson, CIO at Schneider Electric

Elizabeth Hackenson, CIO at Schneider Electric

Episode 18: In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Elizabeth Hackenson, CIO at Schneider Electric, about talent acquisition, Schneider Electric’s new capabilities on mobile devices, and the value of having a “healthy...

Vince Kellen, CIO, University of California at San Diego

Vince Kellen, CIO, University of California at San Diego

Episode 17: In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Vince Kellen, CIO, University of California at San Diego, about data science, cloud computing and the future of the online learning space.

Bask Iyer, CIO at VMware

Bask Iyer, CIO at VMware

Episode 16: In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Bask Iyer, CIO and EVP at VMware, and general manager of Edge Computing /IOT for Dell Technologies, about digital transformation, edge computing, talent engagement and more....

Sreelakshmi Kolli, CIO of Align Technology

Sreelakshmi Kolli, CIO of Align Technology

Episode 15: In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Sreelakshmi Kolli, CIO of Align Technology, about how the orthodontics provider is attracting top IT talent and using emerging technologies such as blockchain and 3D...

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